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Best Gaming PC for Starfield: Find Your Perfect Rig

We look for the best gaming PC to play Starfield in 4K, 1440p, and 1080p resolutions

Updated: Aug 30, 2023 6:40 pm
Best Gaming PC for Starfield: Find Your Perfect Rig

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With the launch of Starfield just days away, the big question is, “do you have the gaming PC for the job?” That’s a rhetorical question. The answer is “probably not”. This hobby of ours never stops, and there’s no such thing as too much power, certainly not when it comes to picking your next best gaming PC for cranking out that beautiful graphical Bethesda brilliance. Whether you plan on gaming at 4K, 1440p or 1080p, we’ve got your back with this list of carefully curated, well-built, RGB-illuminated, gaming machines. These beautiful pre-builds are hand-crafted (sort of) from the ground-up to tackle all of those pesky starfieldy frames that the game can, and will, throw at you. Spaceships? Easy. Terrible character creation menus? Probably. Over-encumbered because you picked up some cheese somewhere, and for some reason your graphics driver thinks it can only generate 2fps now? Absolutely.

But wait! Not a fan of big bulky gaming PCs? Prefer something a little more sleek? A little more nimble? Well hold on to your space-hats because we’ve got you covered there too. Check out our list of Best Gaming Laptops for Starfield. But enough of that, for us purists, and without further ado, let’s crack on with our recommendation for the Best Gaming PC for Starfield in 2024.

Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next-generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

Starfield PC Requirements

Now let’s be clear, Starfield may be one of the biggest AAA games launching this year, but that doesn’t mean its system requirements are too aggressive. In fact, one would call them almost modest in comparison to some other, “less optimized” titles that launched earlier this year. For space-sims in general, they’re actually quite forgiving. At least for the caliber of game this is building out to be. This is a pretty big deal, because it gives us a lot more wiggle room on just exactly “what” makes the cut as the Best Gaming PCs to play Starfield on.

  • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 125 GB

Best gaming PC @ 4K

Velztorm Praetix CTO Gaming PC – RTX 4090

Velztorm Praetix CTO Gaming Desktop PC - Starfield


Intel Core i9-13900K


Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 24GB






Hyte Y60

Without a shadow of a doubt, if you want to play Starfield at 4K, in today’s age, there’s only one card for the job. And that, is the Nvidia RTX 4090. This powerhouse of a Gaming PC comes from well renowned system builder Velztorm, and packs an incredible list of hardware into its sultry form. Yep, inside that Hyte Y60 chassis, comes the 24-core Intel i9-13900K, an RTX 4090, 32GB of DDR5, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. All carefully cable managed, and painstakingly built to spec, with the latest Windows 11 install preloaded and good to go for your Starfield adventures.

Now admittedly you might be thinking, “Surely I don’t need a crazy CPU if I’m gaming at 4K?” And you’d be right to think to that a degree. The higher the resolution, the less frames any card will generate, and the more load will be placed on the GPU. After all 4K is 4x the number of pixels compared to 1080p. However, more than just frames navigate through your CPUs architecture, and it’s for this reason we’ve plumped for the top-dog here. If you’re running Discord, streaming, have the Starfield wiki open, needn’t matter the game’s base requirements then having a CPU capable of handling that is tantamount. And that’s very much why the Intel Core i9-13900K is our top pick, both here, and in our Best CPU for Starfield guide too.

Best gaming PC @ 1440p

Corsair Vengeance i7400 – RTX 4070 Ti

Corsair Vengeance i7400 Gaming PC - RTX 4070 Ti


Intel Core i7-13700K


Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti






Corsair 4000D Airflow

1440p is a whole other ball-game when it comes to Starfield. Namely, because we’re significantly reducing the number of pixels down from that 4K mark we mentioned earlier. To that end, we’ve picked this sweet little number buried inside the Corsair 4000D Airflow, and built by the same guys and gals too. The Vengeance series line, is Corsair’s official system-builder options available state-side, and comes with one heck of a decent warranty too.

Reason we picked it though? Well aside from all of that, it comes with an RTX 4070 Ti as standard, alongside the slightly lower spec Intel Core i7-13700K at its heart, making it more than potent enough to handle Starfield at 1440p 60fps with ease. That, and it’s also about $1500 cheaper than our number 1 pick, making it a perfect pick if price to performance is more your thing.

Despite the lower price point though, you still get 32GB of DDR5, 1TB of PCIe storage, and of course ridiculously good cooling courtesy of the 4000D airflow (one of our favorite all-time cases), and a potent AIO and fan combo too. Huh, maybe this should be in our #1 spot… maybe.

Best gaming PC @ 1080p

Alienware Aurora R14 – RTX 3070

Alienware Aurora R14 - RTX 3070


AMD Ryzen 7 5800


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070






Custom Alienware

Our last pick, and likely the best gaming PC for Starfield at 1080p is this cute little Alienware Aurora R14 build. Alienware, the gaming division of Dell, has been around in one form or another since the very dawn of PC gaming. That means two things. Good warranty, and good build quality.

At just under $1399.99 this little box houses an AMD Ryzen 7 5800 processor, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB card as well. Couple that with 16GB of DDR4 @ 3466 MHz, and 1 comfortable 512GB of SSD storage, plus Windows 11 install as standard, and this little number should be more than enough to pump out some gooey Starfield goodness in the frame rate department.

Let’s be honest here, yes these are slightly older generation parts, but they’re nothing if not potent, and if our testing is anything to go by, they’ll be more than capable of driving at least 60 fps, in Bethesda’s latest AAA RPG. You might even be able to sneak in some 1440p gaming if you’re lucky, certainly if you tweak the settings. And Starfield aside, if you’ve got a penchant for other games, particularly those with eSports in the category name, you’ll be on to a winner with this beauty (although you might want to pair that with a decent high refresh rate monitor).

More To Come From The Bethesda Team?

We’re still waiting on further announcements from the team at Bethesda on all the good Starfield content to come, and of course we’ll have our own frame-rate testing live shortly after launch as well, so we’ll be sure to keep this up-to-date as and when that content lands. But nevertheless, no matter your budget, your resolution, or your preference, you can rest assured all of the above builds will ensure you get to enjoy Starfield in all of its titular glory.

Zak is WePC’s Editor and long-time tech journo, leading the Hardware Team to victory. He’s obsessed with WoW, mechanical keyboards, and anything with a transistor in it plus a voltage offset setting.

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